Monday, 15 May 2017

Rebels evacuated from Damascus stronghold

Buses have arrived in northern Syria carrying rebels and their families who were evacuated from a devastated north-eastern district of Damascus.

Some 2,300 people left Qaboun on Sunday following two months of intense air strikes and artillery bombardment.

The evacuations from Qaboun, and from neighbouring Barzeh and Tishrin last week, bring President Bashar al-Assad closer regaining control of the city.

His forces are now expected to focus on the rebel-held district of Jobar.

It is considered an extension of the main rebel enclave in the suburbs, the Eastern Ghouta, where the UN says some 400,000 people are under siege.

Rebel leaders agreed to the evacuation of Qaboun on Saturday after being squeezed into an ever smaller pocket by advancing soldiers and allied militiamen.

BBC     News.

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